Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eclipse Beginning to Draw Crowds to St. Louis Area

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Eclipse Beginning to Draw Crowds to St. Louis Area

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Hundreds of people are beginning to fill the fields, campgrounds, parking lots, hotels and homes of Missouri towns for a prime spot to view Monday's solar eclipse.

At the Darkening of the Sun eclipse festival Saturday in St. Clair, hundreds of people in cars, trucks, campers and painted old school buses came from Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, California and elsewhere Saturday. Hotels and festivals are reporting visitors from countries as far away as the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

But the anticipated heavy traffic and crowds weren't expected until later. Hotels said the bulk of their customers will arrive Sunday.

Multiple hotels in Franklin County, including the Super 8 motels in Washington and Union and the Best Western Plus in Washington, said they've been sold out for up to a year. Some local residents had given their addresses, phone numbers and rental prices to the Super 8 in Union, asking the motel to give them out to last-minute customers needing a place to stay, said Kim Long, the motel's assistant manager. …

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